GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The launch of ESPN's new $4.99 per month, subscription-based ESPN+ platform has the potential to impact Furman fans' ability to watch selected home and away events involving the Paladins.
Prior to the launch of ESPN+, scheduled for April 12, cable subscribers with ESPN programming could watch all Furman-produced events for ESPN3 (E3) for no additional charge, including Paladin football, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's lacrosse games, as well as any away contests also produced for E3.
While the E3 platform will continue, ESPN has informed the Southern Conference it will move select institutional productions from E3 to ESPN+, which will require subscribers to pay an additional $4.99 per month to view. ESPN retains the contractual right to place Furman and SoCon member institutional content on any ESPN platform of its choosing.
Upcoming Furman events this impacts include the Paladins' three-game softball series at Chattanooga (Apr. 14-15) and women's lacrosse home games versus Central Michigan (Apr. 13), Detroit Mercy (Apr. 15), and Wofford (Apr. 28) — all of which have been switched from E3 to the new ESPN+ platform.
Furman produced approximately 45 home events for E3 this year.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information